26 February 2018


The Deliberate Agrarian
Returns To Blogging


In August of 2016 I brought my blog, The Deliberate Agrarian to a close. I had written it for 11 years. That blog achieved a measure of popularity that, frankly, I was uncomfortable with. It was time to move on. 

I started another blog called Upland, and wrote that for awhile. Then I left that to focus on a YouTube video blog titled This Agrarian Life. I also started a personal Facebook page to connect with family and local friends. But none of those formats really suite me like The Deliberate Agrarian did. So I'm back.

Rather than restart the old DA blog, I am creating this new version. The primary difference will be brevity. While the original Deliberate Agrarian blog often had long, thoughtful posts, this 2.0 version will not have long posts. My intention is to post short (but still thoughtful) ruminations on a broader range of topics. 

I envision this as a sort-of Facebook page in it's brevity, but without all the silliness and time-wasting distractions of Facebook (I've grown to loathe Facebook for the time I've wasted there). 

Well, that's the plan. We'll see how it goes.

I invite you to join me on this new journey. You can sign up to get e-mail notices of new blog posts over on the right column.




27 comments:

  1. Huzzah!

    (Honestly Herrick, for myself I have found nothing like the medium of writing - social media is great for connecting with family and friends and those of fellow interests but lacks the ability to develop thought at any depth).

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  2. I am so glad you have come back to the written word. Your garden videos have been a source of ideas, but your writing has always been inspiring to me. God bless thank you for sharing your life with us.

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  3. Hi Herrick, I have liked all of your written blogs and youtube. I look forward to reading this new one. Yes, facebook can be a real time-waster.

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    1. I forgot to mention I just read the article about your Uncle Tom. Quite a guy! You have some very interesting relatives!

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  4. Herrick,

    I hope you will continue to do some videos. I have found them to be very useful and honestly as they say "a picture is worth a thousand words". Just seeing things is very useful.

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    1. I'll continue to do the videos. I've been limited by very slow internet upload speed. It typically takes many hours to upload a 5 to 10 minute video. But I just got a new internet service today. Hopefully, it will allow me to do more in less time.

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  5. Herrick,
    I'm so glad you're back. While you're videos were informative, I greatly missed your writing. I deleted my Facebook account a couple of years ago, and found great clarity of mind and spirit afterwards. There seems to me something about social media that is incompatible with the agrarian ethic. I am looking forward to whatever articles you have in store for us.

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    1. "Clarity of mind and spirit." I like that. Facebook is full of foolishness. But it does allow me to keep in touch with family, friends, and my local community like nothing else, and that is a good thing. My objective is to limit Facebook time to about 15 minutes a day.

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  6. I'm glad you've returned to blogging. While I enjoyed your videos, rarely do I have an appropriate environment to listen to them in: either it is too noisy to hear the video, or I would be making too much noise listening to it.

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    1. Thanks, John. It's nice to see so many familiar names, like your own, back here.

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  7. Welcome ba.ck, Herrick!! You have been missed

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  8. I'm one of the dinosaurs here and can't figure out how to follow the blog. Where do I enter an email address for notification that there is a new blog posting? Herrick, you can email me instructions if you would be so kind. rkruse at johngalt dot biz.

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  9. Ray K,

    Upper right hand corner of this page. Just put your email in the box under "Follow by email" and hit submit. You'll get an email you have to reply to and you're good to go.

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  10. I am glad you are back Herrick. As one who have read I think every post in your old blog, I always was wondering why on earth you left the blog, and opened new one? I never, never understood that. You must have some very real reason for that, because it is illogical. You gathered so many readers, so many people were influenced and suddenly you are opening new one. I can't understand that, please explain. I was very sad when closed the blog. Even now, why you don't simply continue to write in the old one? Why new one? I can't understand this.

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    1. Hi Reader,

      I left the DA blog for several reasons. On a personal level, I wasn't comfortable with the popularity.
      There are pitfalls to becoming popular. I felt like I needed to pull back on the reins.

      The reason I am not now restarting that old Deliberate Agrarian blog is that it has some technical issues. Eleven years and a thousand posts seemed to be a load on the format. It wasn't behaving like it should when I tried to post. If you look at my most recent post at that blog, the line spacing is kind of off. I considered reformatting and updating the look of the blog, but I was afraid I might lose the whole eleven years of posts in the process. I've heard that sort of thing sometimes happens, and I have no backup. So, I'm starting out with a fresh format. Hopefully, it will last the next 11 years. :-)

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  11. Glad to hear it. Really enjoyed the Christian Ag related essays. Hope there is more to come? Along with my comments, I posted snippets of a couple of them over at the Survivalist Boards gardening sub forum.

    http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=759393

    http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=782193

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    1. Cool,

      Thanks for spreading the word with your readers. I appreciate that.

      I have no plans to write any essays on this 2.0 blog. Only short posts. 2.0 will be different in that respect. I'm in a "different place" in my life. I'll blog about what I mean by that one day soon.

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  12. There must be a movement, glad to see you're back! I've been thinking of redoing our blog and starting again as well. We've had lots of "Life Happens" moments and lots of changes, some good and some not so good. Looking forward to keeping up again. God be with you and your new blog.

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  13. I still have questions in your blog not yet answered about, which can be summarized as this. "What to do in third world countries and is agrarianism worth to make them advanced civilization like yours?"

    God Bless your endeavors.

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